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What questions you need to ask at your child's next parent teacher conference

Posted at 7:29 AM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 10:29:59-04
Now that your kids are back from fall break, it may be time for parent teacher conferences. But do you know the right questions to ask?
We spoke with administrators at La Paloma Academy South, and here are the questions they say parents should be asking. And the questions should not be based solely on academics:
Regarding Academics:
  • What is the best way to communicate with the teacher? Whether it's email, phone call, or online student portal, talk to your teacher about the best way to get news, ask questions, and stay in touch.
  • How can you, as a parent, get more involved in your child's education?
  • What is the teacher doing to promote your child's strengths?
  • What requirements is my student not meeting, and is tutoring available?
Regarding Social Development:
  • Does my child interact well with others?
  • Is my child making and keeping friends?
  • Is my child a positive team member in group project settings?
Regarding Emotional Development:
  • Has the teacher noticed your student being withdrawn, angry or uninterested?
  • Is your child engaging in class discussions and stimulating conversation?
If the answer to these questions is no, it can signal a student is struggling socially or emotionally with family or friends. In that case, it is important to speak with your student about what is holding them back.